We will ask you to do a substantial amount of reading in this course. Many of the texts are fairly challenging so you should leave yourself time to read and then re-read. We also expect you to come to class with your books annotated or with some other system for keeping track of your reading.

The reading for each week will be posted on your section’s Moodle site. You are responsible for checking Moodle, completing the assigned reading and bringing to every class all of the reading scheduled for the day’s discussion. If you forget something (it happens), please sit next to someone else who does have the reading and ask to share. (In turn, if you notice that the person next to you does not have the reading, please offer to share.)

Reading and other texts for this course include

  • Auster, “Mr. Bones”
  • Budiansky, The Truth about Dogs
  • Bradshaw, Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make you a Better Friend to your Pet
  • Coppinger, Dogs:  A New Understanding
  • Choron, Planet Dog
  • Derr, A Dog’s History of America
  • Handelman, Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook
  • Hempel and Shepard, eds., Unleashed:  Poems by Writer’s Dogs
  • Horowitz, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know
  • Knapp, Pack of Two
  • Lunsford, The St. Martin’s Handbook
  • Masson, Dogs Never Lie about Love, The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving
  • Miklosi, Dog Behavior, Evolution, and Cognition
  • Morey, Dogs:  Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond
  • Pedigree Dogs Exposed
  • Quinn, Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • Wang and Tedford, Dogs:  Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

Note: we will probably assign a few other things along the way that aren’t listed here, so be sure to check Moodle regularly for details.